I love my Coleman two-burner propane stove for camping, but it’s a little bulky and I’d recommend bringing extra tanks if you don’t want to run out in the middle of cooking a meal. In contrast, a small stove like this Vital Stove from SolHuma burns whatever dry combustible fuel you have, including wood, cardboard, twigs, straw, natural fibers, or animal dung — I’m not to sure about the last one — and leaves little residue.
Easy to carry and store, this light and compact stove weighs just 1-1/2 lb and measures 5″ by 8″ by 2″ folded shut. It works well in any weather, cold or hot. The secret: an internal fan creates forge-like conditions in the base of the stove. The fan constantly stokes the fire, producing up to 20,000 BTU of heat at 1,200°F. Two AA batteries power the internal fan for about 24 hours.
Made in Canada, the asking price is $69 Canadian or about $65 US — not bad considering my Coleman two-burner stove costs $60. To justify buying one, you could even use this stove at the shop. Throw in a chunk of scrap lumber and heat a can of Pork ‘N’ Beans for lunch!